‘Charismatic Agency’ and the power of seduction

Image from Red Light Dark Room; Sex, lives and stereotypes, 2011.   “Despite the current enthusiasm for social practice, it is not without its tensions, especially in sectors where art and activism overlap. As agents of change, social-practice projects can seem wanting: the scale is often small, the works are temporary, … Continue reading

PhD Interview

“As it becomes increasingly more common for Documentary Photographers to integrate participatory and collaborative practices into their photographic projects, inviting people who were previously ‘subjects’ to become co-creators, there is also an increased tension between the collaborative process and the photographic product. When we move towards making work that is … Continue reading

Primary/Secondary Audience

“How can you still retain the agency and activist potential of photo-media for a secondary audience, when you increase the collaborative and participatory processes of documentary-based socially engaged photo-projects explicitly designed to forefront the social aesthetic, and privilege a primary audience?”